8 days in New York City, Philadelphia & Washington DC Itinerary

8 days in New York City, Philadelphia & Washington DC Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Toronto

3
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and Chelsea Market. Shop till you drop at Fifth Avenue and Hudson Beach Glass. Step out of New York City to go to New Paltz and see DM Weil Gallery, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History and explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Make your New York City itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to New York City is an approximately 11.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in May, expect New York City to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hudson Beach Glass, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, DM Weil Gallery
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DM Weil Gallery ©
DM Weil Gallery
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets ©
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
You've now added Elfreth's Alley to your itinerary. On the 27th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Elfreth's Alley and then ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, then view the masterpieces at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, and finally make a trip to Rittenhouse Square.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Philadelphia trip planner.

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens ©
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Reading Terminal Market ©
Reading Terminal Market

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
On the 29th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Torpedo Factory Art Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip site.

Getting from Philadelphia to Washington DC by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Torpedo Factory Art Center
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National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ©

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